brain injury

It is estimated that there are at least 100,000 people in London living with the long term effects of a brain injury. In 2019-20 over 41,000 people were admitted to hospital in the capital with an ABI (acquired brain injury).

What is an acquired brain injury?

An acquired brain injury is an injury caused to the brain since birth. This can be caused by stroke, assault, car accidents, tumours or illness such as meningitis.

People live with a range of complex cognitive, behavioural, emotional and physical problems which can make it difficult for them to cope with everyday tasks, maintain relationships or return to work. People may lose their independence and experience isolation, loss of self-esteem or psychological problems as a result. Family life can also be affected and without support relationships often break down.

At Headway East London we believe that with the right support survivors of brain injury can make a positive difference to their own lives and those of others.

To find out more information about brain injury including: types of brain injury, causes, effects, practical issues after injury and rehabilitation please visit one of the links below:

Brain injury resources & links

There are many organisations and resources available to support survivors and families in the aftermath of brain injury. Below you will find just a few, and we will continue to add to this list: 

Headway UK have a range of factsheets and resources exploring the different aspects of brain injury (covering cause, effects):

There are a number of helplines who specialise in providing support to those affected by brain injury:


There are also specialised helplines for carers, older people, and those looking for mental health support:


For urgent healthcare needs which aren’t life threatening please call 111. In an emergency situation please call 999.

In addition to contacting our Casework team, you can find comprehensive information around accessing legal advice on the Headway UK website here. Many websites also list approved lawyers and firms for you to contact:

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